Jerome D. "Donnie" Klein

Post 79 

American Legion 

Department of New Mexico

Ruidoso Downs, New Mexico


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* Join us Saturday, July 20 for the monthly meeting at the Post. This meeting will be held at the Veterans Center, 201 Second Drive, Ruidoso Downs. The time of the monthly meeting is 2 p.m. We will have a pot-luck cook before the meeting, starting around 11 a.m. The activities for the day include retiring American flags that have became worn, torn by the winds. The work day starts at 9 a.m. and hopefully we can get some additional help to work on the center before the lunch and meeting. All veterans and their families are invited to participate and will be welcome.

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Post location

Post 79 has relocated to a new and bigger home at 201 Second Drive in Ruidoso Downs. Work is currently underway to clean up and fix up the main building here to accommodate a meeting room, office and kitchen area. Contact Commander Harold Oakes for more information.

Post meetings

Our regular monthly meetings are held the third Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m. 

The meeting dates for 2013 are:


July 20

August 17

September 21

October 19

November 16

December 21


2013 Holidays and observances


Monday, May 6 - Nurses Day

Wednesday, May 15 - Peace Officer Memorial Day (ceremony at 8 a.m. at Ruidoso Police Department)

Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day (place flags on veteran's graves in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Ruidoso)

Friday, June 14 - Flag Day

Thursday, July 4 - Independence Day

Monday, September 2 - Labor Day

Wednesday, September 11 - Patriots Day

Friday, September 20 - POW/MIA Day

Sunday, September 29 - Gold Star Mother's Day

Monday, November 11 - Veterans Day

Thursday, November 28 - Thanksgiving Day

Saturday, December 7 - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Wednesday, December 25 - Christmas Day

Wednesday, December 31 - New Year's Eve

Post 79 Officers

American Legion Photos 3_edited-1.jpg (909109 bytes)  Welcome home. For me the American Legion is about family. Our family of veterans, united by our service to our country in times of conflict. United by our concern for each other and our families. United in our understanding of what it means to serve. United by our love of country and our dedication to preserve our way of life. Post Commander Harold Oakes

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First Vice Commander Dana Terlecky


Acting Post Finance Officer Gene Kurtz


About the American Legion

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nationís largest veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

Eligibility Requirements for American Legion Membership

If you are currently on active duty, serving the United States honorably, anywhere in the world, or have served honorably during any of the following eligible war eras, we invite you to become a member of The American Legion.

  • April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918 (World War I)
  • Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946 (World War II)
  • June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955 (Korean War)
  • Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
  • Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon / Grenada)
  • Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990 (Panama)
  • Aug. 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War / War On Terrorism)

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About our post

Post 79 is located in Ruidoso Downs and serves veterans, widows of veterans and their families in the Ruidoso, Ruidoso Downs, Alto and the surrounding area. The Post is named in honor of Jerome D. "Donnie" Klein. Donnie was killed in in the Republic of Vietnam March 24, 1971. His father, Romeo Klein is a World War II veteran.

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